Womens Work Party

December 11 – December 13, 2020
Kissimmee River Trail Maintenance
with Girls Who Hike FL, Latinxhikers & Wild East Women

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Join the Florida Trail Association in maintaining the Florida Trail along the beautiful Kissimmee River for an exciting Women’s Work Party in collaboration with Wild East Women, Girls Who Hike FL & Latinxhikers!

Following the Kissimmee River floodplain, we will be clearing a scenic section of the Florida Trail and passing through a mix of levees, shady woods, river views, open prairies, and cattle ranches.

Trail work will take place on Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th and will include clearing the corridor using hand tools (hand saws and loppers) and brushcutters. No previous trail maintenance experience is required.

If you’d like to participate in this collaborative work party, please complete this interest form to receive a registration link!

Please plan to arrive on Friday, December 11th any time between 12pm – 8pm to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew. 

**For those who are able to arrive earlier on Friday, there is also an opportunity to enjoy a free ecotour of the Kissimmee River from 2-4PM. Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Center for Environmental Studies at the Riverwoods Field Lab offers field-based environmental science and education programs for students, educators, and adults via pontoon boat. Guests learn about the Kissimmee River Restoration Project that is restoring 43 miles of river and floodplain, wildlife habitats and improving water quality. You will see birds, alligators and fish rebounding in the restored river. Spots for the ecotour are limited and will be available on a first-to-register basis. The option to sign up for the ecotour will be provided in the registration for this event. 

Please note: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FTA team and our partners have dedicated extensive time and care into creating new and safe operating procedures for our FTA events and volunteer work parties. With these COVID-19 Operating Procedures in place, our focus is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus as much as possible. The comfort and safety of our FTA community members is of utmost priority to us.

Per the FTA Covid-19 protocols we will break into crews of no more than 5 members each day, working on different sections of the trail. Camping will also be broken up into teams of no more than 5 members with one centralized kitchen cooking for the group. Meals will be served and taken back to each camp. Masks will be utilized when appropriate and sanitation guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

Hiking boots and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended (please see packing list below).

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!

If you’d like to participate in this collaborative work party, please complete this interest form to receive a registration link!

Name: Riverwoods Field Lab

Address: 100 Riverwoods Circle
Lorida State: FL Zip code: 33857

Type: Front-country car camping


Bathroom: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Hookups: No

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail (Florida Trail)
Maintenance Unit: Kissimmee River

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 6 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM

*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Max Group Size: 16 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate Activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information, and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: Yes – @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM (No dinner served on 12/13)

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases, we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Questions About Registration
Registration Contact: Van Tran, vant@floridatrail.org

This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One large backpack for all your personal items
One day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)
Safety Whistle
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Protective face mask
Personal container of hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer & cleaning supplies will also be provided by the FTA)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Camp mug  or thermos for coffee (clean eating utensils will be provided by the FTA)

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho

One pair of Hiking Boots*
One pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Two 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2-Liter hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, sun-shielding hat
Effective Bug Spray (DEET or Picaridin-based recommended)
Head net (optional)

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Extra Face Masks

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Plates, Utensils, etc.)
Outdoor kitchen setup
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Water, etc.)
Potable Water

This event is hosted at a front-country campground with flush toilets and showers


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!